State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts

General Information


Whistleblower Complaints


Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes is known as the Whistleblower Act. Any person may file a whistleblower complaint with the office of the Auditors of Public Accounts.  Whistleblower complaints are accusations filed with the Auditors of Public Accounts (APA) alleging any matter involving corruption, unethical practices, violations of state laws or regulations, mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority, or danger to public safety occurring in any state department, agency, quasi-public agency, or large state contractor having a contract of more than five million dollars.

It is important for the complainant to provide sufficient specific information to enable the APA to properly review the complaint. The complaint should provide sufficient credible evidence to enable the reviewer to determine whether the allegations are true. Therefore, the complainant should identify specific witnesses, documents, and other sources of information that the reviewer can examine to support the complainant’s allegation.

The APA accepts complaints that are submitted anonymously; however, if the complainant is unavailable to answer questions or confirm the alleged facts, our office may be unable to proceed with an investigation.


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Filing a Complaint

You can file a complaint with the APA utilizing this online form or by calling
(860) 240-5305, toll free at (800) 797-1702, by email at wbcomplaints@cga.ct.gov
or you can also send the information in writing to :

Auditors of Public Accounts
20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106-1628
Attention: Patricia Wilson, Administrative Auditor

We will need to know:

The name and title of the person/persons you are making the complaint about.

The state office, agency or large state contractor for which they work.

Their address (if available).

As much information about the alleged misuse or misappropriation as possible.

You should state whether you actually observed the violations. If you did not personally observe the violations, you should provide the names of witnesses who did and information on how to contact them.

The APA shall not, after receipt of any information from a person under the provisions of the Whistleblower Act, disclose the identity of such person without consent unless the APA determines that such disclosure is unavoidable during the course of the review.

When the APA completes a review of the complaint, we will issue a report of the review and may make certain recommendations. The report and recommendations will be filed with the Attorney General. The Attorney General may conduct further investigations as deemed appropriate after consulting with the APA. The APA may assist in the investigation.

See the Connecticut Attorney General's Whistleblower Unit Web page for additional details.

In addition to reporting the results of our reviews of whistleblower complaints to the Attorney General, the Whistleblower Act provides that on or before September 1st, annually, the Auditors of Public Accounts shall submit to the clerk of each house of the General Assembly a report indicating the number of whistleblower matters for which facts and information were transmitted to the APA during the preceding state fiscal year and the disposition of each such matter.  This information is also contained in the APA’s Annual Report to the Connecticut General Assembly required under Section 2-92 of the Connecticut General Statutes. 

Regarding the state’s Whistleblower Act, it is important to note that the APA is a reporting entity and does not have enforcement power. 

Additional information on the whistleblower process can be obtained by going to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Criteria for Rejecting Complaints

The APA does not automatically review every complaint received. Each complaint is carefully evaluated to determine whether it has merit to conduct a further investigation or whether it should be rejected. Beginning October 1, 2011, our office was given the discretion to reject complaints or refer them to other more appropriate agencies. Section 4-61dd (b) of the General Statutes authorizes our office to reject any complaint received or refer it to a more appropriate agency if our office determines one or more of the following criteria has been met:

  1. There are other available remedies that the complainant can reasonably be expected to pursue;

  2. The complaint is better suited for investigation or enforcement by another state agency;

  3. The complaint is trivial, frivolous, vexatious, or not made in good faith;

  4. Other complaints have greater priority in terms of serving the public good;

  5. The complaint is not timely or is too long delayed to justify further investigation; or

  6. The complaint could be handled more appropriately as part of an ongoing or scheduled regular audit.

A report is sent to the Attorney General for every rejected complaint, setting out the basis for the rejection.

If it is determined that a complaint is more appropriately investigated by another state agency, we will refer the complaint to such agency. The investigating agency is required to provide a status report regarding the referred complaint to us upon request.

Retaliation

No state officer or employee, no quasi-public agency officer or employee, no officer or employee of a large state contractor and no appointing authority shall take or threaten to take any personnel action against any state or quasi-public agency employee or any employee of a large state contractor in retaliation for disclosure of information to an employee of the Auditors of Public Accounts or the Attorney General, an employee of the state agency or quasi-public agency where such state officer or employee is employed as an employee of a state agency pursuant to a mandated reporter statute, an employee of the contracting state agency concerning information involving the large state contract or such employee’s testimony or assistance in any proceeding under the Whistleblower Act. (See Section 4-61dd of the Connecticut General Statutes.)

Not later than ninety days after learning of the specific incident giving rise to a claim that a personnel action has been threatened or occurred in violation of the Whistleblower Act, the employee may file a complaint against the state agency, quasi-public agency, large state contractor or appointing authority concerning such personnel action with the Chief Human Rights Referee of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).  For additional information on this process see the CHRO Whistleblower Retaliation Complaints Web page.

As an alternative to filing a whistleblower retaliation claim with the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, a state or quasi-public agency employee who alleges that a personnel action has been threatened or taken may file an appeal not later than ninety days after learning of the specific incident giving rise to such claim with the Employees’ Review Board  or in the case of a state or quasi-public employee covered by a collective bargaining contract, in accordance with the procedure provided by such contract; or an employee of a large state contractor alleging that such action has been threatened or taken may, after exhausting all available administrative remedies, bring a civil action.

In no case should complaints of retaliation, which are subject to the provisions of the Whistleblower Act, be submitted to the APA.  Our office has no enforcement authority over this area and would only be able to redirect you to one of the alternatives described above for filing a whistleblower retaliation claim.